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Howl's Moving Castle

Sophie Hatter

Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite books, and I did really enjoy the movie too -- Sophie is a character I relate to very strongly.  Looking for something simple and comfortable to make and wear.  Even though this outfit of Sophie's is on screen for less than 30 seconds, I had already made her green dress back in 2008 and I thought this was way cuter and more fun than her blue dress. 


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VARIATION: Yellow Dress


COST: <$



Costume Construction

I purchased the straw hat on Amazon, and after 3 hats showing up being more creamy-ivory than TRUE WHITE, I painted it.  The hat band and bow were made of a leftover navy rose-print jaquard from when I made bias tape for Utena.   The wig was an inexpensive Amazon purchase.  The dress is a combination of about 3 different patterns and my own ingenuity, and is made of a pale yellow poly-blend broadcloth with a diamond-pattern net lace overlay for extra texture.  The boots are white knee-high boots I had originally purchased for Alice from Pandora Hearts.  The broach uses a resin gem I made by molding/sanding some model magic, making a mold, and casting, then painting the back with red nail polish.  the setting is made from 6MM EVA foam.  All in all, a pretty simple project that I tried to take a little bit over the top. 

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